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Travelport Appoints Bret Kidd as Vice President & General Manager, Airline IT Solutions, Travelport

November 2, 2013 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, today announces the appointment of Bret Kidd as vice president & general manager, Airline IT Solutions, Travelport.

In this role, Kidd will lead Travelport’s teams responsible for designing, selling and delivering hosting and IT solutions to airlines around the world.

Kidd joins Travelport from Stratos Management Systems, a private equity-backed IT services firm that he co-founded and grew to over $130M.  Previously, he held a variety of executive positions at EDS/HP including leading industry verticals, managing strategic accounts and driving corporate development initiatives in the Travel & Transportation, Global Public Sector and Corporate Strategy and M&A groups.

Prior to joining EDS/HP, Kidd served as a consultant to airlines and energy firms at Ernst & Young in its Strategic Advisory services practice.

Kidd began his career on Capitol Hill, serving as special assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, supporting the Senator in a variety of areas, including health care and fiscal/economic matters.

According to Derek Sharp, group vice president & managing director, Global Distribution Services and Sales, Travelport, “Bret has a deep background in strategy and IT services, with a focus on the travel and transportation vertical.  Having worked with Bret for several years at EDS/HP, I saw first-hand the kind of leadership and commitment he brought to his roles there. Under Bret’s leadership, I’m convinced that the Airline IT Solutions team will build on recent successes to create an engine for growth at Travelport.”

Kidd graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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